Elizabeth McCracken

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Elizabeth McCracken
Elizabeth McCracken
Elizabeth McCracken
Born1966 (age 55–56)
United States
RelativesHarry McCracken (brother)

Elizabeth McCracken (born 1966) is an American author. She is a recipient of the PEN New England Award.[1]

Life and career[edit]

McCracken, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, graduated from Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts, earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from Boston University, an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, and an M.S. in Library Science from Drexel University. In 2008 and 2009, McCracken lived in Cambridge, MA, where she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

McCracken is the daughter of the late Samuel McCracken, a professor at Boston University and an assistant to long-time BU president John Silber; and Natalie Jacobson McCracken, a retired editor-in-chief for development and alumni publications at BU.[2] She is married to the novelist Edward Carey. They have a son, August George Carey Harvey, and a daughter, Matilda Libby Mary Harvey; an earlier child died before birth, an experience that formed the basis of McCracken's memoir An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination.

McCracken holds the James Michener Chair of Fiction of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.[3] She and her husband were previously on the faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the sister of former PC World magazine editor-in-chief and founder of Technologizer.com Harry McCracken.

Ann Patchett, in an interview for Blackbird at Virginia Commonwealth University, mentions that Elizabeth McCracken is her editor, and is the only person to read her manuscripts as she is writing them.[4]

In 2014, she published her first collection of stories in 20 years: Thunderstruck & Other Stories. Among the nine stories is a tale about a successful documentary filmmaker who has to face a famous subject he manipulated and betrayed; one about a young scholar who is mourning his wife; and another about a grocery store manager who obsesses about a woman's disappearance. Sept 2014 in New York Times. Her short story, "Hungry", was long-listed for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the largest prize in the world for a single short story.[5] On March 4, 2015, McCracken was named the winner of The Story Prize for Thunderstruck & Other Stories and received the top prize of $20,000.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]



  1. ^ "2002 Hemingway Foundation/PEN and L.L. Winship PEN/New England Awards Announced | JFK Library". www.jfklibrary.org. Retrieved 2020-05-01.
  2. ^ "An "Unrelentingly Active Mind"".
  3. ^ Elizabeth McCracken - Michener Center for Writers, www.utexas.edu. Retrieved 2010-12-09.
  4. ^ Patchett, Ann; McCracken, Elizabeth. "An Interview with Elizabeth McCracken and Ann Patchett". Blackbird Archive: an Online Journal of Literature and the Arts. Virginia Commonwealth University. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  5. ^ "World's Richest Story Prize". The Sunday Times. 1 February 2015. Archived from the original on February 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Winner of The Story Prize Is Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McCracken", Larry Dark, official TSP Blog, March 4, 2015
  7. ^ Nationalbook.org
  8. ^ Nationalbook.org
  9. ^ "The Winner of The Story Prize Is Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McCracken", Larry Dark, official TSP Blog, March 4, 2015
  10. ^ "British Newcomer Vies With International Literary Names For Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award". The Sunday Times. 1 February 2015. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  11. ^ "The 2021 shortlist". The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. Archived from the original on 2021-06-27. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  12. ^ "Ala.org". Archived from the original on 2006-08-22. Retrieved 2006-07-26.
  13. ^ "Granta.com". Archived from the original on 2006-06-16. Retrieved 2006-07-26.

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